Monthly Archives: November 2015

Pope in CAR: Amidst violence and fear, a messenger of peace and mercy

Pope Francis has returned from Africa, after making a dramatic appeal for peace in the Central African Republic. Here are the main papal addresses from yesterday and today.       (1) Texts from Sunday November 29 1a Pope Francis address … Continue reading

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Francis in Uganda: build new hope on the faith of the martyrs

[Austen Ivereigh] Francis spent Friday evening and Saturday in Uganda, urging people to build on the example of its famous martyrs, and listening to harrowing stories of suffering. On his arrival, Pope Francis at the State House in Entebbe linked the … Continue reading

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Pope to Kenya youth: resist the sugar of corruption!

This morning in Nairobi, Pope Francis addressed thousands of youth in Kasarani Stadium in a 45-minute, off-the-cuff, and at times very personal speech that covered corruption, tribalism, and how to stop young people being drawn into despair and radicalism. The speech was delivered in Spanish, … Continue reading

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Francis in Nairobi slum deplores population-control colonialism

After celebrating Mass in private in the Apostolic Nunciature in Nairobi, Pope Francis this morning went by car to Kangemi, one of the slums of Nairobi, with over 100,000 residents.  He walked through the unpaved streets to the Jesuit-run parish church of St. … Continue reading

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Francis warns of ‘catastrophe’ if world leaders in Paris fail to act on climate change

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis today warned leaders gathering on Monday in Paris to agree carbon emission reductions not put their own interests before those of the globe and not to manipulate information or assuage their consciences with fine words. “It would … Continue reading

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Francis in Kenya praises role of religion, stresses dialogue

Interreligious dialogue is not an option but a necessity in a fractured world, Pope Francis this morning told a gathering of religious leaders at the Nunciature in Nairobi. But rather than be seen as a problem to be solved, he … Continue reading

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Francis in Nairobi urges politicians to build a just society

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis was welcomed this afternoon at Nairobi airport by President Uluru Kenyatta and ecstatic, ululating crowds on the first leg of his three-nation visit to east Africa. Asked on the papal plane if he was anxious about anti-Christian violence … Continue reading

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Francis in Africa: conquering conflict with the medicine of mercy

[Dominic Burbidge] Pope Francis begins tomorrow a five-day, three-nation trip to east and central Africa, the first time a pope has set foot in an active war zone. Francis’ journey (full itinerary here) will cover the three countries of Kenya, Uganda … Continue reading

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English & Welsh bishops call for UK to open doors to refugees

[Austen Ivereigh] Describing Britain’s response to the refugee crisis as a test of its moral identity and culture, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have called for “a generous response” to taking newcomers that goes well beyond the Government’s current … Continue reading

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‘Spotlight’: a reminder of what had to change

[From Christopher White in New York] This month’s US release of the film Spotlight — the UK release will not be until January — is a time for Catholics to recall the devastation that sexual abuse in the Church has caused. But in telling the story … Continue reading

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